Rohrer Fine Art presents Nature
Morte/Dead Nature: a group exhibition
of contemporary artists Ori Gersht, Penelope Gottlieb, Kaoru Mansour, Melvin
Martinez, Christina Lei Rodriguez, Andrew Taylor and Timothy Tompkins. A
special opening reception with the artists will take place on Saturday, May 10th from 6-8 p.m. The exhibition runs through July 5th.
The works in Nature
Morte/Dead Nature will explore our
disregard of nature using various interpretations of the traditional still life
genre. In 1952, Charles Sterling,
an expert on Nature Morte paintings at the Louvre Museum in Paris, described
Nature Morte paintings as something born when an artist makes a conscious
decision to choose a subject and organize it as such so that he may then
intimately observe and express its essence inspired by the artist’s intent to
capture its inherent beauty, but that in inserting his own perception upon the
natural existence of his subject, the artist indeed kills its very purity. Nature Morte/Dead Nature investigates the concept of capturing the splendor of
nature’s beauty at the moment of perfection. In creating these works of art,
the object of beauty must be killed to preserve its image. The subtext asks us
“How long can we continue this plunder?”
Through the eyes of these
artists the exhibition presents six viewpoints on the disharmony of man and
Captured at the moment of
explosion, Ori Gersht’s photographs of beautiful bouquets examine the fragility
of nature as it simultaneously entrances the viewer with its impermanency.
In Penelope Gottlieb’s series
Gone, she considers the vanishing
of plant species and the ecological and biological ramifications. She denotes
this through exploding bouquets of vividly painted flowers and stems that
denote the gorgeousness of botanical life simultaneously with the violence of
In Kaoru Mansour’s densely
layered panels, we see flowers, stems, and other organic forms embedded as
solitary and perfect beacons to nature’s impermanence; captured and
memorialized by encaustic like fossils amongst great panoramas of richly
textured scenic beauty. With added drawings and markings to enhance her
specimens, she in turn creates new forms of organic life that become life
giving and whimsical.
In Puerto Rican artist Melvin
Martinez’s impressionistic paintings, he contrasts nature’s frailty with garish
colors of Marti Gras. His textural
canvases reveal nostalgic layers of memories found in objects such beads,
glitter and cake decorations.
Christina Lei Rodriguez’s
sculptural representations of botanical chaos bring to mind the wildness of
nature that threatens to pervade yet remains fragile and nest like. Controlled
assemblages of organics and plastics provoke a visual explosion of over the top
vegetation threatening to break free from its roots yet forever confined as a
glorified still life.
Andrew Taylor’s work contains
glimpses of subjects that are elusive and elastic; small fleeting moments in
nature that the artist attempts to capture slowly—stretching his point of
obsession into beautiful, luminous and celebratory paintings.
Timothy Tompkins’ paintings
depict the events and aftermath of California wildfires. Referencing the
painterly concepts of the sublime and picturesque, the paintings deny the
glorification of nature by their inherent violence. The artist uses media
images as a source and extends the life of his subject through maximum
emotional impact with a minimum content.
Rohrer Fine Art presents and
promotes a global spectrum of art and design in a unique format highlighting
rare and breathtaking art of the last 2000 years. The gallery is located
at 346 North Coast Highway in Laguna Beach and is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more
information, please call 1-800-949-5211.